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Old 13 Dec 2004, 07:37 AM   #1
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Default DVcam to DVD methods

I'm looking for the best (quailty and easy) method to get DVcam videos to DVD. I'm open to any ideas.

Currently I'm using MyDVD and Windows Movie maker to archive videos. Movie Maker captures in great quality (in 1.0 and 2.1). Sonic MyDvd seems very easy to use but:
1) won't record the entire tape automatically if there are breaks
-it will continue catpuring but in the end the capture stops at the first break
2) the quality doesn't seem nearly as good (even at 4mbs) as Movie Maker - it gets pixelated too often. If I import from the 93 minute wmv file from movie maker it says it's too big for the dvd disk.
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Old 13 Dec 2004, 10:08 PM   #2
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You'll need to convert to mpeg 2 for DVD compatibility anyway. I think you'll need to capture/convert in AVI too. If I may quote from Setarip;
One set of procedures (other posters may/probably will suggest alternative methods) would be:

1) Use "TMPGEnc" (or "TMPGEncPlus") to convert the .AVI (DivX-compressed or otherwise) to compliant MPEG2-for-DVD format - Use "TMPGEnc's" DVD wizard/template to accomplish this

2) Use "TMPGEnc DVD Author" (a different program than "TMPGEnc") to easily create the required additional DVD files and structure (and chapters and a menu, if you wish)

**If the combined filesize of the DVD "package" written to your hard drive is greater than 4.37Gb, use DVD Shrink (or similar) to compress

If your O/S is either Win2000 or WinXP, TMPGEnc DVD Author can also burn your DVD. Otherwise, use NERO to burn in "DVD-Video" mode
(As an alternative to "TMPGEnc DVD Author", you could use "DVDLab")

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Old 14 Dec 2004, 02:14 PM   #3
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Where can I get my hands on this TMPGEnc program?

I like the whole capture in avi format first but unfortunelty i don't think my PC is up to par for 25Mbs kind of rate. I have an Asus A7V333 with AMD2000+ and 756 Ram and two IDE 80 gigs

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Old 14 Dec 2004, 06:46 PM   #4
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Old 15 Dec 2004, 04:03 AM   #5
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as far as transfering your video to your PC, I use WinDVD which I've found to be very reliable (no dropped frames). It also lets you cut the input video stream based on the time-stamps (for example, if there's a gap of more than 8hours between 2 scenes, it can start a new avi file).
Best of all, it's free and very tiny...
As far as encoding I use TMPGEnc too.
A couple PgcEdit guides
MenuShrink can shrink your menus to 5-10% of their original size.
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